British Parliament debates population

September 12, 2012 • Daily Email Recap

The British Parliament has recently (September 7th, 2012) engaged in a population debate. The debate was forced onto the House of Commons by an online petition, which drew well over the 100,000 signatures required for recognition. You can review the petition (only the 11th out of 36,000 such petitions to breach the 100k signature threshold), which is hosted on the government website, here:

Below is a broad sampling of articles, each representing significantly different opinions — one each from the BBC, The Telegraph the New Statesman and The Guardian.

Stop ignoring immigration, Soames urges MP colleagues


MPs must take their heads “out of the sand” on immigration, senior Conservative Nicholas Soames has said. Mr Soames opened a Commons debate prompted by an online petition urging the government to ensure that the UK’s population remained below 70 million. More than 100,000 people signed the petition in less than a week, he said.

The population debate must not be defined by immigration


Today’s parliamentary debate on population is really about immigration. This is both because net migration is a significant driver of UK population increases, and because reduced immigration is the key demand of the e-petition which sparked the debate, and of those proposing the motion. It is not clear whether those who are promoting the “no to 70m” proposition are themselves really driven by a concern about population increases and their effects; or whether they are really more concerned about immigration (or about particular kinds of immigration).

Bulldozing the green belt is short-termist – England is not just a balance sheet but somewhere to live too


…England’s population, meanwhile, continues to grow, not due to the fecundity of its people but because of the consensus that immigration is a good thing among those who matter. Their view is that the various long-term social costs should be borne in order to secure the short-term economic benefits.

How best to respond to a growing population


Britain can meet the challenges by avoiding a mindset that sees a growing population as essentially a drain on resources

The House of Commons will today debate the motion that the government should take “all necessary steps” to stabilise the UK’s population “as close as possible to its present level”. What the motion’s authors really want, of course, is for the government to cut net immigration to zero.

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